Teachers as leaders…..

Headsmart.......Reflections of a Headteacher

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. —~Ralph Nader~

I talked about ‘teachers as leaders’ the other day…..this is a topic I have researched extensively. As a facilitator for the National College’s last model of the Middle Leadership Development Programme (MLDP), I constantly evaluated our delivery and approach in helping to create school leaders.

Far too often I have seen leaders reticent to provide their teachers with leadership training or debate over whether particular teachers were ready for such training. The fact is that providing teachers with the tools and theory behind successful leadership cannot be a bad thing. All teachers are leaders on some level. At the very basic level, we are in the very prestigious position of ‘leading’ the children in our care. This could arguably be the most important and cardinal role of leadership there is…

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